I think the estimated read time may have something to do with it Michele but the estimates are usually known before the reader clicks into the story, and as you said are usually inaccurate. I think a lot of it has to do with expectations of the reader versus the intent of the writer and whether or not they jive.

If they do, you have a read, if not then it’s “see ya later”

Paul

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